Most Common Questions
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What is the selection criteria?
Whether you employ Deaf people or are working to change perceptions about what Deaf people are capable of, the SVF wants to ensure your business’s impacts are aligned with creating prosperity for Deaf people everywhere.
Have Potential to Grow
Whether you cater to the general public or a niche market, your business model should be scalable and have the potential to reach beyond the present to increase the economic power of the Deaf community.
Can you articulate a clear and far-reaching vision? Can you set an example for others to follow? We want your leadership and discipline to execute on your business vision and plan and to operate with efficiency and transparency.
Offer Innovative Products/Services
Have an unique spin on an true and tried product or service offering? Have an entirely new innovative product idea? Have a innovative approach to a service offering? We want to know how you plan to bring this idea to market.
Who is Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD) and what does CSD have to do with the Social Venture Fund (SVF)?
Is CSD the only organization overseeing SVF?
How is SVF funded?
Is this a one-time funding opportunity?
SVF focuses on initiatives that drive social change for Deaf people. What are some examples of social changes, and how can my business be part of this?
My business idea is a great one, but does not offer suggestions for social change. Will you still consider my idea?
Who Can Apply?
What are the eligibility requirements?
- Company owners must be 18 years or older and legal residents of the United States.
- Businesses must be for-profit, and legally formed in the United States.
- The company must be majority-owned by and in control of owners who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind.
For more on eligibility criteria, please review the Terms of Submission.
I do not have a company formed yet. Do I need to legally form my company before I can apply?
Are hearing people allowed to apply?
Do I need to have professional or prior background experience with my business idea to be considered?
Does my business idea need to be in a specific field or industry?
- Screening committee will contact the eligible applicants for more information via email.
- SVF may decide to meet with the applicant virtually as part of the initial screening process.
- After a decision has been made, selected finalists will be provided with further details.
Finalists will be invited to the final interviews.
Winners will be announced!
All communications will be primarily via email; please include the correct email address on your intake form. Also sign up for email updates at www.csdsvf.com to receive information about this cycle or future cycles.
I made a mistake or I forgot to include something when I submitted my intake form. Can I make any changes to my intake as long as the application period is still open?
My business idea is confidential. Will you sign an NDA?
What resources can I request in my application? How much money should I request?
How will my application be evaluated?
Your application will be evaluated based on how you describe your business or idea and goals, and how well your business satisfies the investment criteria.
ASL is my first language. Can I apply via video instead?
What if I have more questions about the submission process?
What should I expect after sending in my intake form?
After submitting your intake form online at www.csdsvf.com, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application. If we have questions about your application, we will email you. We will also email you with your application status once we have made our selections for the second phase.
If my business is selected for funding, what does SVF expect in return?
If I am selected, but my business is not successful, do I have to pay back the funding SVF provided to me?
Will I get all the funding and resources that I asked for in my application?
Can I request feedback on why my business was not selected?
Can I apply again in future funding cycles?
How can I invest in the SVF fund and be a part of this social movement?
I have more questions that aren’t answered here. Who can I contact?
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